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MAINTENANCE OF LONG-TERM THORACIC DUCT FISTULAS FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSION IN MAN

Authors
  • HI Machleder
  • H Paulus

Abstract

The achievement of immunosuppression by thoracic duct lymph fistulas requires long-term drainage from one to three months. Manipulation of the immune system during profound lymphocyte depletion, unadulterated by the protean effects of pharmacologic agents, offers a unique opportunity to study and treat auto-immune disease and organ rejection phe­nomena. The protocol for thoracic duct cannulation and maintenance of long-term fistulas must be rigid­ly observed for successful thoracic duct drainage. Surgical technique and important caveats are re­viewed.

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Machleder, H. & Paulus, H., (1981) “MAINTENANCE OF LONG-TERM THORACIC DUCT FISTULAS FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF IMMUNOSUPPRESSION IN MAN”, Lymphology 14(2), p.77-80.

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Published on
22 Sep 1981
Peer Reviewed